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When Bollywood took a break!

entertainment Updated: Oct 13, 2008 18:28 IST
Parmita Uniyal

Indians, for whom entertainment is a staple diet, stayed glued to web and television for regular updates on FWICE (Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees) strike till the moment it got over after three days on October 3. Meena Sharma, a housewife was concerned about her daily dose of 'K' entertainment. "I sympathise with the workers but at the same time am hoping that everything gets resolved soon, so that I can keep catching on my favourite serials." It did.

One could have never imagined the impact of such a strike on entertainment industry that never comes to a standstill. The effect of strike was a mixed one - good as well as bad for different people.

While on one hand, industry business suffered tremendous losses, on the other hand, the actors got their much-deserved break. Many were even quoted saying gleefully how they were enjoying their break, indulging themselves with shopping and outing. A lot more just stayed home and enjoyed the festivities of Eid and Navaratras. The most positive outcome of the strike was of course producers relenting to the demands of workers.

FWICE that has over 1.5 lakh members in 22 unions made the impact of their strike felt over the entire spectrum of television and film industry in just 3 days. What they were demanding was stipulated wages and fixed working hours for workers, the terms that were agreed upon my producers' association around two years ago.

The producers cried foul over their demands and termed their strike illegal initially, but they soon realised amidst the heavy support of film stars and other industry people, that the time to give the workers their due has come. Actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan came out in full support for the cause of workers.

The impact of strike was felt immediately on small screen, when the host Shilpa Shetty did not turn up at the much awaited eviction episode of Bigg Boss. The actress allegedly refused to shoot for the episode in support of workers' strike.

The daily soaps however had their bank of episodes, so the show went on. It could have got stalled, had the strike continued for few more days.

Now that the strike is over and everybody is back to their work, I was just wondering if the actors would be made to stretch their regular shift to make up for the losses. The answer is certainly not with me.